Sustainability is a vital business practice for ensuring the best economic, environmental and social outcomes for our clients and the communities in which we work.
By adopting a total business management approach to sustainability from tender to project completion, Watpac is committed to achieving outstanding performance in all areas of the business.
We work closely with industry groups and partners to ensure we are optimally placed to understand, develop and maintain best industry practices for our operations.
Ensuring responsible environmental management, continually refining our health and safety management systems and procedures, and regularly engaging with the communities in which we operate each play a significant part in Watpac’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.
Our people are passionate about the communities in which we live and work. Whether it be building a new hospital, the local school or a state-of-the-art stadium, Watpac engages daily with the businesses and organisations that make up the fabric of these communities.
We do this by:
- Regularly consulting with key stakeholders.
- Providing local industry participation opportunities where feasible.
- Hiring local people to undertake works where possible.
- Complying with community related contractual requirements.
- Implementing the Watpac Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
- Supporting local community initiatives/causes.
- Facilitating site tours with key stakeholders.
- Supporting a national charity partner through workplace giving and other initiatives.
We recognise the importance of engaging with the communities in which we operate and are proud of our strong record for local industry engagement. This has allowed us to create pathways for Indigenous employment opportunities, business participation and job upskilling. Our goal is to encourage the development of local industry and, in turn, those that work for these businesses.
Additionally, Watpac has provided financial and in-kind support to charities and other initiatives over our more than 30-year history. During this time, the Group has supported a variety of charities and community organisations through sponsorships, donations and participation in fundraising events. Organisations we have supported include Ronald McDonald House, White Ribbon Day, Mates in Construction, Cancer Council, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Endeavour Foundation and the Property Industry Foundation. We are pleased to have played a part in making a difference in the lives of the thousands of people who have benefitted from the work these organisations do.
Through our national charity partnership, Watpac employees provide support to our current partner by way of our Workplace Giving program. In 2018, our national charity partner is the Australian Childhood Foundation. Watpac is proud to assist the Foundation’s work throughout Australia, including remote and regional areas as well as Indigenous communities, to prevent child abuse and reduce the harm it causes children, families and the community.